Monday, August 07, 2006

Whole Chicken Roast....

My daughter just turned 3months last week and trust me when I say she keeps me busy !!! She really does. So between feeding her, changing diapers and cooking lunch for my husband and mom it has been a HECTIC week. But talking about my first receipe - my daughter has this habit of stretching herself after the feeding. Her way of saying, I have worked too hard; I am exhausted and am ready to sleep - get my bed ready !!!! Anyway, my husband makes fun of her saying that she looks like a 'Uricha Kozhi' (naked chicken) when she does those stretches. And she really does - with her hands up in the air and legs tucked close to the stomach she closely resembles one.

So we were making fun of her one day and I started telling my mom how I bake a whole chicken for her Son-in-law and how much he loved it. I was hoping to get my mother excited with the talk about all the masala that went into it but instead my husband got excited. It had been long since I had baked one for him and so I agreed to make him the Spicy Roasted Chicken this week. The best thing about this receipe is that it fires up a party and whether you are hosting a party with drinks or a regular dinner party you will have your guests scrambling for more till the chicken is licked to its bones. And plating a whole chicken rather than pieces of it is like watching a catwalk and admiring a dress rather than just picking a dress from a retail shop. You will have to cook it to believe me !!

Things U Need:

  • Whole chicken
  • To Marinate

    • chilli powder- 3 table spoon
    • coriander powder- 3 table spoon
    • ginger garlic paste - 3 table spoon
    • turmeric powder - 1 teaspoon
    • garam masala - 1 teaspoon
    • meat masala - 2 teaspoon
    • fennal seeds - 1/2 teaspoon
    • lemon juice from one lemon
    • butter 1/4 stick
    • salt to taste

    To Bake :

    • onion
    • butter1/4 stick

    Marination :

    Clean the chicken - wash thoroughly with water and pat dry with paper towel (else the masala would not stick to the meat), remove the skin carefully. If u like u can use the chicken with the skin too. I wouldn't recommend it though. Mix all the ingredients (refer 'To Marinate' section) into a paste. Rub the paste over the chicken throughly and keep it in the fridge for atleast 5 hrs. Normaly I marinate the chicken in the morning and bake it in the evening.

    To Bake :

    • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Place the chicken in a oven proof dish. Cover it with aluminium foil and bake it for 30 mins on one side . Take the dish out . Flip the chicken over ,cover it again with the foil and bake the other side for another 30 mins. After 30 mins remove the foil and put the sliced onion and butter chunks over the chicken and bake it for another 45 mins. Take it out when the onions are rosted and mixed well with the masala. The chicken will be dark brown in color and will have a nice aroma from the masalas and the rosted onion.


    • I use homemade garam-masala instead of buying it at the grocery stores. Roast 3tbs of fennel seeds, 3tbs of cinnamon sticks, 10 cloves, 10 cardomoms and 1tsp of black pepper-corns together. Powder the mixture and store it in a air-tight jar. I find the homemade masala has a better aroma than the brought-out ones. Try and let me know.

    NOTE :

    • The baking time is 2 hrs. it might vary according to the size of the chicken and the diffrent type of ovens. I know some of u cooks might think 2 hrs is a little long. But trust me, I have tested this recipe so many times and the outcome is awesome. The chicken will be roasted well and will be too spicy and hot. So if u are weak at heart then beware of the spice !!!


    Blogger Puspha said...

    That looks scrumptious.

    2:21 AM  
    Blogger archana said...

    Chicken roast looks soooo good. Welcome aboard Maneka, have fun blogging. Looking forward to hear you stories and enjoy your recipes. I use photoshop to overlay the text on the photos.

    11:35 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi Maneka, this is Rg again.

    YummY! I'm drooling right now. thanks for this awesome recipe. BTW, your chillipowder seems quite brighter than what I use...would u let me know what brand chillipowder u use? I used to be a fan of very hot spicy food. I would not like any food that is even mild or medium spicy. Now It has changed as my hubby is not into hot spicy food and now my kiddo is also like his dad. Your recipes tempt me a lot to try it out with the same amt of chillipowder and green chillies. :)Let's see.

    5:12 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Oh Btw, thanks for the homemade garam masala tip. Was not happy with the store bought ones. Now that u've given the quantity and ingredient list, will sure make it at home. Thanks again for the tip.

    5:14 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Awesome recipe. Made it for Thanksgiving meal instead of Turkey. It was a superduper hit with my husband, 8 yr old and my dad and me. We love our spice :) Thanks for this wondeful recipe. Look forward to more spicy recipes :)

    9:29 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    Hi...Just happened to stumble on ur blog,and that roast chicken looks just divine... i wud love to try it tomorrow...just have one question, if i'm using a smaller chicken(i plan on doin a cornish hen),how long should i bake it?does it still need 2 hrs?

    10:34 PM  
    Blogger Viji said...

    Hi Maneka,
    Tried your receipe for baked chicken today as I was bowled over seeing the photos. It turned out so well that my two sons (aged 5 and 9 yrs) polished it off! I'm relatively new to cooking and this is the first time I baked a chicken. Thanks for your fabulous receipe.
    Viji Surendhra

    2:29 PM  
    Blogger Jecilly said...

    Maneka, I got a link to your blogspot from I love your recipe for chicken roast. Had guest over this week and needed a good recipe! I didnt use whole chicken, rather i used 6-8 thighs and used the same method. FINGER LICKIN' GOOD! THANK U SO MUCH! It was fast easy, and i had time to do other things too! I felt the ginger garlic paste was too much but it could be b/c i was using separate chickens instead of a whole chicken.

    3:29 PM  
    Blogger Jecilly said...

    Maneka, i had guests over throughout the whole week and was running out of ideas when i stumbled over your blogspot at Had 6 chicken thighs in the freezer and I used this chicken roast recipe. FINGER LICKin' GOOD! Thank you so much! It was sooo good. I think i added too much ginger garlic paste but it could have been b/c it wasnt a whole chicken. THank yo so ooo much!

    3:32 PM  
    Blogger vrusha said...

    No Doubt this is a mouth watering menu.I am new to this site.Anyway,my chicken roast had some water...some gravy...what to do ? But it was a worth experiment.We had a tasty evening...Instead of whole chichen roast,we named it Whole chicken dry with some gravy..Thank you Maneka

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    Blogger Ayesha Seerin said...

    Wow mouth watering !!.. Thanks for the recipe

    9:33 AM  
    Blogger Seena said...

    I was going through your recipes,everything looks nice..I would make a different versoin of chicken roast..Hope to see u with more tempting dishes..

    12:06 PM  
    Blogger Devi said...

    Hi Maneka,
    You have a great blog here and this recipe is great. I tried it with good results. Blogged about it too. :)

    5:04 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...


    Tried out your chicken.
    It was DIVINE!

    Thanks for the garam masala tip.
    Im gonna try that out next time.


    8:17 AM  
    Blogger Happy Kitten said...


    cant wait to get home and try... hope I get this 5 hours of marinating time...

    let me get back to ur blog and look for other recipes too..

    actually I have been searching for Roast ckn for a while.. but they were all Western style with no spices.. but this I m sure will be spicy

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    Blogger Ayesha said...

    The roast chicken looks very tasty. I want to try it out. But could you tell me what do you mean by meat masala. Is there a homemade equivalent for it.

    11:20 PM  
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    Blogger Annie said...

    I enjoy reading your blogs a lot, you have a very unique style of writing... I laughed so much reading about the cholesterol factory, and the way you associated your daughter to an uricha kozhi and my all time favorite is the scene where you serve puttu to your husband… I have read that blog so many times and laughed... So anyways, finally I decided to try one of your recipes. I want to make roast chicken for this thanksgiving. I have a few doubts... I would really appreciate if you could answer this for me.
    1. Did you use a roasting rack in the roasting dish?
    2. How often did you baste your chicken?
    3. What did you do with the left over juice from the chicken in the roasting dish?


    5:45 PM  
    Blogger tom said...

    I beleieve this is a wonderful recepie and I am going to try it for the christmas

    3:39 AM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    The chicken was so good, I tried it for Christmas eve, instead of traditional english rosemary chicken. It was delicious, we had fun baking and eating it. Thanks!!!

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    Blogger momini said...

    realllyyyyy yummmm....loved it to the max...

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    Blogger Latha said...

    I have prepared chicken roast before but yours had an addition of fennel seeds that really enhanced the taste. My family loved it.

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    Blogger anusya said...

    i came across your chicken roast recipe while i was searching for some easy to do kerala cuisine as my husband loves the food. i tried your roast chicken and it was the first time i ws roasting a chicken. i must say it was very nice. to the ingredients you mentioned i did not add the meat masala as with the readymade ones you really don't know how the taste would be. but other than that i added all the ingridients and i must say it was very nice. my husband polished it of as soon as i layed it on the table. thank you for the recipe. do you have the recipe for chicken korma by any chance??

    11:04 PM  
    Anonymous Min said...

    hey saw this recipe when searching for indian style baked chicken.. i was looking for a chicken equi to the turkey, but with our flavours!

    yes the spiciness was a bit more than what we usually have, but have to agree it was realllly Yummmy.... i used less coriander pwdr than you mentioned, mainly bcos i was out of it :) ...
    I will be making it again & add curry leaves with the onions...

    Oh btw the comparison to ur kid was too cute.. we have a son born early 2006 and he too pretty much resembled urinja kozhi :).. Hope your girl is doing well!


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